Slow Emergencies by Nancy Huston

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Slow Emergencies opens with an unforgettable scene of childbirth, evokes a loving connection between a woman and man and their children, and describes an irresistible impulse to create a distance from and ultimately to abandon one's family. This powerful, seemingly negative, energy is nevertheless always a movement toward life. Lin's decision to leave her husband and daughters is rendered with compassion and understanding. The story of how her forsaken family builds a new life without her is remarkably moving.

About Nancy Huston

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A native of Calgary and of New Hampshire, Nancy Huston now lives in Paris; she writes in both French and English. The author of nine novels and numerous works of nonfiction, she has won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceen, the Prix du Livre-Inter, the Prix Elle, and the Governor General's Award for Fiction in French.
Published January 1, 1996 by Little Brown Canada. 200 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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To her credit, the author doesn’t flinch from showing Lin’s children as battered survivors, obviously scarred by growing up without their mother, while, on the other hand, Derek’s remarriage is portrayed almost as a character flaw—as if Lin’s rejection of him puts her on the moral high ground bec...

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Canadian-born Huston relocated permanently to Paris at age 20, married literary and cultural critic Tzvetan Todorov, raised two children and has published many nonfiction books and seven novels (Steerforth issued The Mark of the Angel here with fanfare last year) in her adopted as well as her nat...

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